APRIL NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS
Welcome to Spring, a new season filled with creative vitality and exciting happenings!
Spring in Philadelphia is a time to celebrate a vibrant season of new and fresh art and cultural event programming that will delight audiences. With its deep music tradition, the city offers an incredible music scene filled with a wide array of diverse musical genres. As we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month April 1-30, some amazing performances are featured at several local music venues throughout the month of April.
- The sixth annual Center City Jazz Festival, one of the highlights of Jazz Appreciation Month, will take place on Saturday, April 29. The festival features six hours of live performances at five downtown locations, all conveniently within walking distance of each other. One ticket gives attendees access to all 20 bands scheduled to play over the course of the day.
This year’s venues feature: Fergie’s Pub, Chris’ Jazz Café, Franky Bradley’s, Milkboy Philadelphia and Time. Tickets and performances schedule information available on Center City Jazz Festival‘s website.
- The Philadelphia Jazz Festival , April 23-30, is a new Philadelphia Jazz festival created to help preserve and promote Philadelphia’s long and rich jazz legacy. The festival, scheduled during Jazz Appreciation Month, presents a comprehensive mix of local, national and international artists across a broad musical spectrum. Additionally, it offers an important Education & Outreach component with several events featured throughout the week. Ticket information is available on the website.
- Exit 0 Jazz Festival April 21-23. The Exit Zero Jazz Festival is an annual multi-venue festival with three full days of performances staged in the Schmidtchen Theater, Cape May Convention Hall and in the clubs of Cape May. A wide array of jazz and other genres of music are presented throughout the weekend.
MUSIC AGENDA AND CALENDAR OF EVENTS
We are excited about our musical collaborative’s upcoming performances featured at private and public events this Spring and are grateful to our supporters for their continued interest in our music and art.
Upcoming public performances
April 2, Mélange Jazz Collective, Sunday Jazz Brunch, Manayunk Brewery Restaurant,10:30am – 2:30pm.
April 6, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio, Warmdaddy’s, Thursday Happy Hour hosted by Michael Tozzi and ijazzglobal.com, 6:00pm-7:15pm.
May 4, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio, Warmdaddy’s, Thursday Happy Hour hosted by Michael Tozzi and Ijazzglobal.com, 6:00pm-7:15pm.
May 7, Mélange Jazz Collective, Sunday Jazz Brunch, Manayunk Brewery Restaurant, 10:30am– 2:30pm.
May 19, Bert Harris Trio, Paris Wine Bar, Wine and Jazz, Philly Wine Week, 9:00pm – 12:00am.
May 20, Mélange Jazz Duo (tenor sax and upright bass), The Stockton Farmer’s Market The Stockton Market, 12:00pm – 3:00pm .
June 1, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio, Warmdaddy’s, Thursday Happy Hour hosted by Michael Tozzi and Ijazzglobal.com, 6:00pm-7:15pm.
June 4, Mélange Jazz Collective, Sunday Jazz Brunch, Manayunk Brewery Restaurant, 10:30am– 2:30pm.
Upcoming performances for private events and receptions
April 14, Jazz Night, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio, Bala Golf Club Members’ event, 6:00pm-9:00pm.
April 14, Piano Soloist, Union League The Union League
May 12, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio, Penn Law School
May 13, Piano soloist, The Hyatt at The Bellevue
May 13, Cellist, The Hyatt at The Bellevue
May 13, Classical guitarist, The Hyatt at The Bellevue
May 13, Keyboardist, The Hyatt at The Bellevue
May 13, 2017, Classical guitarist, The Ritz-Carlton
May 14, 2017, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio, Penn Law School
June 7, Laurent Bass & MïxT BeatZ, Fleisher Art Memorial, Founder’s Award Celebration.
June 10, Bert Harris Trio, private event
August 25, Jazz Night, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio, Bala Golf Club Members’ event, 6:00pm-9:00pm.
ATTENDING SPECIAL EVENTS
April 17 – Ableton University Music Production Workshop and Producer Showcase
The Ableton University Tour is a series of music making events taking place at university campuses across the US during March and April. On April 17, Ableton held an all-day event on Drexel’s campus with a series of music production workshops in the labs of the Music Industry Program in the URBN Center.
As a recipient of Ableton Live Producer Certification Program Ableton , Laurent uses Ableton Live 9 in conjunction with Apple’s new MacBook Pro, Universal Audio Apollo Twin Sound Module and additional supporting architecture to create, produce and perform his portfolio of electro original tracks and remix.
April 23 – 30 – The Philadelphia Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Jazz Festival.
April 29, Center City Jazz Festival Center City Jazz Festival.
A MUSICIAN’S PRACTICE
Practicing, composing, engineering, producing – and performing – are part of Laurent’s commitment to his individual and collective music experience. The legendary cellist Pablo Casals was asked at age 90 why he continued to practice: “Because I am making progress” he replied. Practicing scales and intonation using “long tone” exercises, jazz phrase exercises in all keys, practical theory using jazz tunes to develop improvisation are part of Laurent’s daily music routine as a saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist.
Thank you for reading. Happy Spring!
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